It was a school record season for the Yellow Jackets in 2018-19 as Coach Brad Norman led his team to a 26-6 mark, which is the best win total in the program's history.

Unfortunately the campaign ended with a thud as they were upended in their own regional championship game by West Frankfort, which denied the program its second ever regional title.

Gone from that team was first team ABV standout Keith Kiner III along with seniors Drake Bollman, Colin Wingerter and Jakob Cushman.

All have moved on and have left a serious scoring void.

But Coach Norman has some quality returning with 6-foot-6 senior Ian Reith leading the way.

Reith has been a starter for Chester since he was a sophomore.

Reith will reach 1,000 points at some point this year, according to Coach Norman, and he will probably finish in top ten in scoring, assist and possibly rebounds in school history.
Six-foot-one senior DeOndre Martin will run things on the point for the Yellow Jackets' offense while 6-foot-3 senior Chett Andrews will help out inside.

Matt Korando, a 6-foot-1 junior Matt Korando, 6-foot-1 sophomore Jared Landeros, 6-foot-1 junior Jordan Hughes, and 6-foot sophomore Jordan Merideth all bring something to the table and will see a lot of minutes, especially early in the season.

“We will have plenty of questions that need to be answered early if we want to be any good this year. (Reith) is the only one back with major experience, but we have a good group of young men waiting to prove themselves,” said Coach Norman, who is the school's all-time leader in wins in boy's basketball.

OUTLOOK – The Yellow Jackets will build around Reith with some experienced kids returning. This coach has produced four 20-win seasons since he arrived in 2011-12 and number five could happen again this season with continued effort.


Enrollment: 320 (2A)
N30-D7 Trico/Murphysboro Tournament
Conference: Black Diamond West
D10 @ Vienna
Colors: Orange/Black
D13 Sesser-Valier
Head Coach: Brad Norman
D17 @ Nashville
2018-19 Won/Loss Record: 26-6
D20 @ Trico
State Tournament Result:
D26-28 Pinckneyville "Duster Thomas Classic"
Lost to West Frankfort, 54-38
J3 @ Zeigler-Royalton
@ 2A Chester Regional.
J4 Pinckneyville 1
J11 Carterville l
J13-18 Chester Invitational Tournament l
J28 @ Christopher l
J29 Zeigler-Royalton l
J31 @ Waterloo Gibault l
F4 @ Goreville l
F7 Vienna l
F8 Carbondale l
F11 Christopher l
F15 Trico l
F18 Goreville l
F21 @ Sesser-Valier l
F22 @ Sparta 1
F24-28 IHSA Regional TBD 1